[Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]
Many registry changes require one to reboot to test. Or so the Microsoft
documentation states. Actually the registry is read when Explorer loads. If you
want to test a series of registry changes and do not want to set through a
series of reboots, stop and restart Explorer. In Task
Manager click on the Processes tab, highlight
the explorer.exe process, and click End Process. This ends Explorer. To restart, select File then New Task and type in explorer and click OK.